Russia cuts gas flow to EU via vital pipeline

A second Nord Stream 1 pump turbine has been deactivated for technical reasons

Gas supply through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany has been further reduced to a fifth of its maximum capacity, German gas network operator Gascade confirmed on Wednesday.

According to a press release published by Gascade on Wednesday morning, “1.28 million cubic meters per hour, or approximately 20% of Nord Stream’s maximum capacity, was transported via Nord Stream 1 as per nominations.”

Gazprom said earlier that it would shut down the operation of a second Siemens turbine on Wednesday as the pumping equipment needed to be overhauled.

The Russian gas giant said on Tuesday that after the shutdown, supply through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline will not exceed 33 million cubic meters per day.

Reduced supplies from Russia led to a spike in gas prices in Europe, which rose more than 20%, to the highest levels since March at more than $2,300 per thousand cubic meters on Wednesday.

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This follows a dispute over a Siemens turbine that had been sent to Canada for repair and was not returned in time due to Ottawa sanctions against Moscow. Gazprom cited the delay as the reason for a 60% reduction in gas flow to Germany last month. The piece is currently in Germany awaiting shipment to Russia.

According to a previous report by the business daily Kommersant, several turbines at the Portovaya compressor station need to be overhauled. The current license agreement allows Siemens Energy to accept five additional turbines for maintenance work before the end of 2024.

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